"He’s on this team [in 2015] either way," Samson said. "I can’t wait until after the season to sit down with Giancarlo and [agent] Joel Wolfe and talk about contract. We’re ready. We want him to be a Marlin well past his arbitration years.
"We hope that he believes in us and believes in Miami and believes in the direction of this team and recognizes that he has a chance to be the leader of a successful team for many years to come."
Though, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Gattis could play around 140 games next season if he were to play in left field on top of his catcher responsibilities.
"That's an option," Gonzalez said, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The procedure is not expected to slow him down in the offseason. Beltran is expected to resume throwing and hitting in roughly six weeks. He should be cleared to begin playing in 12 weeks, according to the paper.
Beltran appeared in just three of the final 20 games in September because of the issue. He finished the year with a .233/.301/.402 line with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 403 at-bats.
Grimm was 5-2 with a 3.78 ERA in 73 relief appearances this season, while Ramirez went 3-3 with a 1.44 ERA and three saves in 50 appearances.
With shortstop prospect
Epstein added Russell, who is considered one of the top prospects in baseball, is expected to play at multiple positions during spring training.
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